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San Antonio Spurs: 3 Rotation mistakes Coach Pop must avoid

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2. Avoid Falling too deep in love with Bryn Forbes' shooting again

The 2019-20 NBA season was when things really started to go south for the San Antonio Spurs. They finished below .500 for the first time since 1997, missed the playoffs, and had the sixth-worst defensive rating in the league.

I'm not about to pin all of that team's defensive struggles on one man, but Bryn Forbes owned one of the worst defensive ratings among all the guards in the NBA that season. He also started in more games than anyone but DeMar DeRozan and averaged more minutes (25.1) than guys like Derrick White, Keldon Johnson, and Lonnie Walker.

While he shot an impressive 38.8 percent from deep that season and is coming off an insane 45.2 percent mark, Coach Popovich absolutely can't afford to give Bryn that many minutes in his second go-around.

With Patty Mills departing, I'm hoping the Spurs reacquired Bryn's services to fill that shooting hole, but they absolutely shouldn't be taking too much away from a rising Tre Jones. Of course, pairing a defensive-minded guy like Jones with Forbes along with some other above-average defenders could also be a good option.

One thing should be pretty clear, though: Jones is ready for serious backup point guard minutes, and if Forbes takes that role right away and we don't see much of Tre, that would be far from ideal.

Bryn Forbes knows the Spurs' system and he can really shoot the hell out of the ball so he still has value with this team, but Coach Popovich needs to know when to limit his minutes when team defense is really suffering. We don't need a repeat of 2020.

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